Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
Below is a list of resources that will assist the caregiver in identifying services that he/she may need to meet the challenges and rewards of their special role:
Administration on Aging
Administration on Aging offers elders, families, caregivers, and professionals’ information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics. The information will help you become more familiar with issues affecting older adults, and the services and opportunities available to assist them.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for people age 50 and over. AARP leads positive social change and delivers value to people through current information, advocacy and service.
Family Caregivers Online
Family Caregivers Online is an educational and informational resource for anyone who helps an older spouse, parent, relative, friend, or neighbor. This site provides online education, organized system of links to over 1,200 sites, FAQs, phone numbers, online newsletter articles, and a site for employers and human resource professionals.
Lotsa Helping Hands:
Lotsa Helping Hands is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. It is an easy-to-use, private group online calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other necessary tasks. There is no cost to your family to use this system. For more information on how this site works visit or to set up an account visit: www.kidney.lotsahelpinghands.com
Medicare Information for Caregivers
NIH Senior Health is a Web site for caregivers managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Information is available about Medicare and other topics important for caregivers to help them with caring for loved ones. For more information, please visit http://http://nihseniorhealth.gov/medicareandcaregivers/managingmedicalconditions/01.html
National Center on Caregiving: Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving is a public voice for caregivers offering assistance and support through education services and research . FCA offers valuable resources and publicly-funded caregiver support programs at national, state and local levels.
National Family Caregivers Association
NFCA supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for over 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA offers educational materials, tips and guides, for improving the overall quality of life of caregiving families and minimizing the disparities between family caregivers and non-caregivers.